Bishop Sheen and Bishop Wojtyla opposed contraception

Monsignor Gilfredo Marengo’s new book, “La nascita di un’enciclica. Humanae vitae alla luce degli Archivi Vaticaniˮ (Birth of an encyclical. Humanae vitae in the light of the Vatican Archives), reveals that in 1967, Pope Montini asked for an opinion on contraception: few answered and most of them … [Read More...]

Woman makes history as Diocese of Stockton chancellor

When lifelong Catholic Dyan Hollenhorst started attending daily mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in her hometown of Hughson at her mother’s suggestion during Lent more than a decade ago, she never expected she would become the first lay, non-religious woman to be named as chancellor for the … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Address 711 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 Phone number (916) 442-3211 Website Mass times Saturday vigil 7 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m. & 7 p.m. … [Read More...]

US Association of Consecrated Virgins stunned by Vatican document

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new rules issued by the Vatican that appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. The group has taken issue with section 88 of the new document, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, which states: “Thus to have kept her … [Read More...]

Debate on conversion-therapy ban postponed amid growing public outcry

The California state Senate's debate and vote on a controversial bill banning so-called conversion therapy has been delayed due to public outcry against the legislation, sources say. Known as AB 2943, the bill passed in the state assembly earlier this year and seeks to declare therapy for … [Read More...]

Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens will be overhauled, expanded

Since it opened in 1991, the Memorial Gardens cemetery at the former Crystal Cathedral, now Christ Cathedral, has been a restful enclave where relatives of the dead could pray, reflect or grieve. Set below grade, in the shadow of the iconic glass cathedral and prayer tower, the 3-acre plot of green … [Read More...]

“Does God not live here anymore?”

We’re all familiar with the secularization that’s swept over the West, alienating many from the Catholic faith and leaving empty pews in its wake. What’s less discussed is the fate of churches, parishes and basilicas faced with economic challenges and scarce attendance. Vatican officials on Tuesday … [Read More...]

Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia has died

Catholic Diocese of Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia died Wednesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 71. The Diocese of Monterey wrote, "As a spiritual shepherd, he had a special concern for the poor, the incarcerated, migrant workers and immigrant communities. He was proud of his … [Read More...]

Training future priests is expensive

Any parent who has saved or paid for a child’s higher education knows that learning doesn’t come cheap. That remains the case for the Diocese of Honolulu to support its seminarians through the coursework and degrees that will make them Hawaii’s future priests. It costs roughly $40,000 a year per … [Read More...]

“It is a Christian genocide”

More than 65 Catholics crowded into the rectory at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco to hear firsthand stories of Christian persecution in Nigeria and Asia as the Archdiocese of San Francisco concluded Religious Freedom Week with prayer and discussion on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and … [Read More...]

Pope Francis names coadjutor bishop for San Jose diocese

The Vatican announced Wednesday Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico to be coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California. As coadjutor, Cantú will assist Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, 73, in the administration of the Diocese of San Jose, and succeed McGrath upon his … [Read More...]

An evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the recent developments on the US ~ Mexico border with families being separated, I am calling all Catholics from our Diocese to join me in an evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform. This vigil will be held at the Cathedral … [Read More...]

President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to seat on U.S. Supreme Court

President Donald Trump announced Monday night he is nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27. In a brief speech after the announcement, Kavanaugh spoke about the importance of his Catholic … [Read More...]

Project Fidelium

A comprehensive strategy is being crafted to strengthen Catholic culture in Orange County and propel the growth of the Diocese of Orange far into the future. The Diocese’s strategic plan, called Project Fidelium, comes as the dedication of Christ Cathedral approaches and Catholic parishes in Orange … [Read More...]